DUBAI – Kathryn Bernardo, a victim of cyberbullying, is making a stand against cyberbullying.
The 21-year-old actress admitted receiving hate comments on different social media platforms; that’s why, according to her, she doesn’t usually open her Twitter account.
“Sobrang dami, pero siguro ang pinakamalala, noong election. Dumating ako sa point na nagkulong ako sa kwarto, hindi ako kumakausap ng kahit sino. As in, sobrang na-depress ako. Sobra-sobra ang nare-receive naming pamba-bash sa lahat ng tao nung time na yun,” she revealed, noting that it was when she and her loveteam, Daniel Padilla, campaigned for Mar Roxas of Liberal Party during the 2016 elections,” the young lady actress said.
She also admitted that until today, there are still bashers who bring up the issue.
Just recently, Bernardo and Padilla spearheaded an initiative called “La Luna Sangre – Give Blood & Fight Cyberbullying,” at the Philippine Red Cross – Boni, EDSA.
KathNiel fans were also there to donate blood; they have also discussed on how to combat cyberbullying.
“Ayaw po naming na next five years, next 10 years, mas lalo pa itong lumala. Kasi na-feel namin kung gaano siya kahirap, kung ano ang struggle na napi-feel mo kapag ikaw ang nabu-bully mismo sa social media. We don’t want to continue that; sana maging stepping stone ito ng lahat para mas maging aware na seryoso ‘tong bagay na ‘to,” she added.
The Filipina actress hopes that many will be engaged here and helped with this campaign.
‘Bully to depression’
According to her, bullying will not just ruined a person’s day. It can actually lead to depression.
“We have to make a stand,” the La Luna Sangre star said.
She advised those being bullied or was bullied before — be it online or personal — to stand with them and join the campaign to create a noise.
When asked if she’d meet her online bashers and what will her message be, Bernardo said: “I’ll ask them why. Gusto ko rin syempre marinig ang side nila.”
She would like to speak with them, because they may not be guided well or they’d assume that it’s “cool” to bash someone online.
“Maybe kung makausap mo, ma-convert mo pa, di ba?” she said.
She said that she’ll will give them advice, and “pwedeng magkaroon ng second chance.” She did not elaborate.